Tan said he pleaded with PM Abdullah not to arrest Yong as it would be a bad move, and had even gone on television with a plea to allow the latter to speak up.
Tan, who has since quit the party, claimed he had always been protective of Yong and that this has not changed in spite of their differences of opinion over the Sapp pullout.
In an immediate response, Sapp newly-appointed information chief Chong Pit Fah described this as a “a shocking revelation that he can influence the prime minister to stop ACA action”.
This is an admission by a BN deputy chief minister that the prime minister can idirect the ACA to act against his political opponent to safeguard his own.
It is in the public interest to know whether the same influence could be used on other persons such as serving ministers, opposition members or similarly abused in any arbitrary and discretionary manner by the current administration.